Japanese designer NIGO is to auction his personal collection of Star Wars toys at Sotheby's on December 11.
It will include a number of highly sought after pieces, such as the Kenner Luke Skywalker double-telescoping lightsabre figurine. The lot is valued at $12,000-15,000.
It was released in 1978, but swiftly withdrawn after the lightsabre was identified as a choking hazard. Only around 20 specimens are known to exist.
A rare action figure of General Madine, by Palitoy, is valued at $10,000-15,000.
General Madine was a minor character in the series. It's why this figurine was issued in a limited run. Only 12 specimens are known to exist.
NIGO explained: "The style of my collecting is really unchanged and I still collect toys.
"I am motivated to do it for the same reason, which is the personal attraction I have to certain things.
"As a designer, I have always been inspired by Star Wars. I am honoured to be launching this sale and hope that it will bring excitement to Star Wars fans around the world."
The record for a Star Wars figurine stands at �18,000 ($27,244), set for a Palitoy Boba Fett at Vectis Auctions in January this year.
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